There are various rosacea symptoms that may be evident in the skin of individuals that suffer from rosacea. These symptoms flare up and often subside, but then return. The main rosacea skin symptoms are flushing, persistent redness, the presence of spots or papules, visible blood vessels, and thickened skin.
One of the first and most common symptoms of rosacea is frequent and easy facial flushing of the skin on the face and in particular the cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose areas. This symptom, characterized by hot and red skin, can last up to five minutes. Depending on the degree of flushing, the skin color can range from very bright red to light pink. The skin flushing may also spread down from the face and onto the neck and upper chest region. Flushing may develop into a persistent redness of the face that lasts for much longer than five minutes and sometimes does not go away at all. This symptom has been best described as a sunburn-like appearance of the skin. Skin sensitivity to topical products is also an early symptom of rosacea.
Another possible symptom of rosacea is the appearance of spots similar to acne, but without the presence of blackheads commonly associated with acne. Papules or in other words small round red bumps appear and pus-filled bumps or pustules may also be present.
It is not unusual for rosacea sufferers to experience inflammation of small blood vessels in the facial skin leading to a blotchy skin appearance. Also small broken blood vessels appear as tiny spider web like red lines on the cheeks and are quite noticeable. This symptom of rosacea appears as the skin condition progresses past the initial facial flushing stage.
If rosacea progresses and gets more serious, a common symptom that is evident is thickened skin and the formation of excess tissue. This often is focused on the nose area leading to a bulbous nose.
Other symptoms can include stinging or burning feeling on the face, skin that is abnormally rough or dry, raised red patches of skin (plaques), and facial swelling. The eyes can be affected as well. The eyes can be bloodshot, dry, have crusted mucus, have a constant gritty sensation, swelling of the eyelids may occur as well as general eye irritation symptoms.
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